Oakwood at a Glance
The Oakwood School seeks to instill in our students the strength of character, the creativity, and the wisdom to make a difference in the world
Type of School
An independent, non-sectarian, college-preparatory school for grades PreK-12
Southern Association of Independent Schools (SAIS) and AdvancED awarded in 2007; re-accredited 2012
National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS), North Carolina Association of Independent Schools (NCAIS), Southern Association of Independent Schools (SAIS), AdvancED, Council for the Advancement and Support of Education (CASE), North Carolina Independent School Athletic Association (NCISAA), Independent School Management (ISM), Educational Records Bureau (ERB), Student and Exchange Visitors Program/Immigration and Customs Enforcement (I-20 SEVIS)
40 teachers, 6 assistant teachers, 61% of lead teachers with advanced degrees, 18 years average teaching experience, 10 years average tenure at The Oakwood School
Student to Instructional Faculty Ratio
Instructional Support Faculty
1 college placement director/counselor, 1 media specialist, 2 technology specialists
The Oakwood School seeks to prepare its students to live productively in our 21st century global society.
Our faculty provides authentic, inquiry-based learning experiences and facilitates engaging, interactive, student-centered learning. 21st century learning skills form the foundation of the programs in all disciplines: critical thinking and problem solving, collaboration, agility and adaptability, effective oral and written communication, initiative and entrepreneurialism, assessing and analyzing information, and curiosity and imagination. Technology is integrated into the curriculum and the learning process. Students employ a comprehensive set of digital applications and tools to create, communicate, collaborate, and demonstrate their growing understanding of the world around them. Oakwood graduates students who are self-directed, lifelong learners, and responsible global citizens.
Lower School (Pre-K-3)
Guided discovery and inquiry while setting a solid foundation in reading, writing and mathematics skills. Explorations that develop greater understandings of the world through science, social studies, and Spanish. Creative opportunities that enhance and develop talents and interests through music, dance, visual arts, library class, and physical fitness. A social curriculum that nurtures responsive and responsible citizens.
Middle School (4-7)
Middle School Departmentalized inquiry-based and 21st century skills approach with teachers trained in their specific fields teaching each subject. Integrated humanities curriculum. Lab-based science curriculum. Spanish. PE, visual art, band, strings, chorus, dance, and library for 4th graders. Overnight experiential learning and community building field trips (Jamestown and Williamsburg in 4th, Duke Marine Lab in 5th, Black Mountains in 6th, and Camp Cheerio in 7th).
Upper School (8-12)
College preparatory honors-based curriculum offering classes in English, history, math, science and foreign languages. Language options include Spanish and Latin. Advanced Placement courses offered in each subject discipline. A variety of online courses also available through VISnet. Comprehensive college counseling program. Experiential learning week including trips to Boston, New Orleans, Italy, Puerto Rico, college campuses and a variety of internships and independent studies.
Fully Integrated Program: Classroom use of iPads and laptops in K-3; Personal iPads in 4th – 7th grade; personal iPad or laptop 8th -12th grades; PowerSchool Communication with students, parents, staff and administration
Studio art, digital art, dance, chorus, band, strings, Lower, Middle and Upper School dramatic production each year
Member of Carolina Independent Conference (CIC) and NCISAA. Offer soccer, volleyball, basketball, baseball, softball, cross country running, cheerleading, swimming, tennis, and golf for 7th through 12th grades. Intramural after-school sports program for grades 2-5
Over 25 clubs available across all divisions. Examples include: Good Deeds Club, Middle School Seminars, H.U.G.S and B.U.D.S. (K-5 and 4-7 student mentoring programs), Shakespeare Competition, Envirothon, Spelling and Geography Bees, Science Olympiad, Math Olympiad, Key Club, Environmental Council, Student Governments, Honor Council, National Honor Society, National Latin Honor Society, Mu Alpha Theta, Humane Society Dog Training, National Art Honors Society, Spanish National Honor Society, Rho Kappa National Honor Society, Yearbook, Sporting Clays Shooting Club, Student Newspaper, Student Literary Magazine
Community Service Learning
Integrated into PreK-12 curriculum with each grade level or division focusing on specific areas of community service
Standardized Testing Instruments
Educational Records Bureau (ERB) for 3rd - 7th grades; Otis Lennon School Abilities Test (OLSAT) for 3rd – 9th grades; PSAT for 8th- 12th grades; SAT for 10th – 12th
The 41-acre campus consists of five buildings with 31 classrooms; five science labs; two libraries; two art rooms; music, chorus, band, and strings rooms; weight and locker rooms; performing arts stage; gymnasium; after school childcare space; an Upper School student commons and outdoor gazebo; and an outdoor maintenance building. Outdoor facilities include two playground areas; soccer, baseball and softball fields; six tennis courts; and cross country course.